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Jan 9, 2013 1:00am PST
, second lieutenant eric shinseki was on the ground in vietnam. he was on a one-year combat tour, but he did not make to it the end of that combat tour before he was shipped home. he had gotten there in december. by april he was wounded for the first time. shrapnel from a mortar round hit him in the shoulder and the chest. the injuries not severe enough to have him flown out of vietnam yet. he stayed on after earning that first purple heart. then it was not until five months later in september of that year that he got wounded again. and this time it was bad enough for them to have to send him home. he was in a helicopter crash. it left him with a broken jaw and a broken arm. that's on top of the shrapnel he had already taken in the shoulder and in the chest. they flew him home to tripler army medical center in hawaii to recuperate. that was in 1966. by 1970, he was on his way back to the war. he volunteered for another combat tour in vietnam, despite his earlier injuries. when he went back in 1970, he ended up stepping on a land mine that blew off part of his right foot. the army
Jan 15, 2013 8:00am PST
. we'll go to bomb co for the latest. then, to vietnam. >> highly decorated veterans testified to war crimes committed in southeast asia. not isolated incidents, but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command. >> as president obama nominates vietnam veterans john kerry and chuck hagel to cabinet posts, we will speak with nick turse, author of an explosive new book, "kill anything that moves: the real american war in vietnam." all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!,", the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. president obama is preparing to unveil a comprehensive plan to address gun violence that is expected to include legislation tightening background checks on potential gun buyers as well as 19 separate actions obama could take using executive power. at a news conference monday, obama confirmed he would support proposals for new assault weapons ban. he said a task force led by vice president joe biden had presented him with a list of " common sense" steps to prevent shootings like the one at s
Jan 12, 2013 2:30pm PST
getting into college. i've got what it takes. so do you. >> the vietnam veterans memorial is one of the most visited sites in washington, d.c., but it's also one of the most controversial. lauren tells us more. >> the vietnam memorial was built to honor the american lives lost during the vietnam war. the war lasted from 1959 to 1975. it was the longest and most unpopular military conflict in u.s. history. troops fought to prevent the northern communists from taking over the south vietnamese government. millions of civilians were killed, as well as over 58,000 american soldiers. like the war itself, the memorial caused controversy. it was designed by maya lin, a young architecture student from yale university. her drawings were selected out of a thousand others in a national design competition. >> maya lin's design was very controversial because, at that time, there really wasn't anything similar to it at all. americans were typically thinking of a statue of a human being that would show, in this particular, case vietnam veterans at war. instead, you had "the wall," as it's commonly refe
Jan 10, 2013 6:00am PST
engaged in similar island disputes with the philippines, vietnam and other countries. >>> japanese officials say more than ten chinese planes, including military aircraft, approached japan's air defense identification zone over the east china sea on thursday. aircraft flying inside the zone are required to notify japanese authorities of their flight plans. some of the planes entered the zone, prompting the scrambling of air force defense force fighter jets. the which i needs planes left the zone without entering airspace. >>> eric schmidt has called on north korea to allow its citizens to use the internet and connect with the outside world. schmidt spoke to reporters in beijing on thursday after a four-day visit to pyongyang with bill richardson. he said their visit was private. but he pointed out that the internet access in the north is limited to government, military and university officials. >> the government has to do something. they have to make it possible for people to use the internet, which the government of north korea has not yet done. it's their choice now and time in m
Jan 19, 2013 6:00pm EST
news. ms. trotta was the first american woman to cover combat during the vietnam war. war. this is about an hour. c-span: liz trotta, author of "fighting for air: in the trenches with television news," on page 65 you talk about walter cronkite going on the air and saying things about the war. let me read just one line, and you can explain it. "cronkite's stunning pronouncement planted a seed of partiality in a business that vaunted objectivity, remaining above the fray." what are you talking about? >> guest: we always talked about objectivity, american journalists. i think it's a word now that's discredited, although i think it's still possible. but walter cronkite, in those days in the middle of really the hottest story of our generation, did nudge that line of objectivity. after going over there and taking a look at the war for himself and after watching this thing progress for such a long time or not progress, depending on your point of view, really decided to say he felt that maybe it wasn't winnable and we ought to take another look at it. that was a real first, certainly for
Jan 9, 2013 5:00pm PST
tribute to vietnam veterans. >> it was patrick swayze's death sentences, pancreatic cancer. >> first found out the news after all the doctors and nurses had left the room, he turned to me and said, i'm a dead man. >> now his widow is fighting for a cure. how his battle has brought her to the bay area. ♪ secondhand smoke affects everyone's health. it's not just irritating. it can cause heart disease and even death. speak up about secondhand smoke. your health and the health of your family depend on it. might want to book your next flight out of san jose. new, upscale >>> if you dread waiting at the airport you might want to book your next flight out of san jose. the airport's new upscale passenger lounge opens friday in terminal a. the club features shower facilities, a business center and a bar with complimentary snacks and drinks. it's open to any passenger for a $35 fee. >>> new at 5:00, sacramento may be losing their basketball team. the teams are reportedly in the process of selling the team to a seattle group. if the deal goes through, the kings would change to the s
Jan 27, 2013 4:00pm PST
stance over the disputed islands. 40 years have passed since the end of the vietnam war, a conflict that claimed more than 1.5 million lives. but despite their bloody past, the u.s. and vietnam are enjoying strong relations and thriving trade. >> week, today, have concluded an agreement to end the war and to bring peace with our enemy in vietnam. >> after 58,000 american lives, hundreds of thousands of vietnamese killed, and 20 years of trying to keep vietnam from becoming a communist nation, president nixon announced the truce that would end the vietnam war. 40 years after the ceasefire, the u.s. and vietnam have a thriving trade relationship. in the past five years, the emphasis has shifted to security opera -- security cooperation. >> we will be strengthening our presence of the asia-pacific. >> u.s. officials have been trying to build relations with countries in the region in an effort to counterbalance china's influence. a longtime observer says ho chi minh city is not interested in being another arena between two superpowers. >> i don't think vietnam colubrids tensions with china,
Jan 27, 2013 5:30am PST
from their northern myanmar stronghold. >> 30 years after the end of the vietnam war, former enemies make amends. more on the relationship between the u.s. and vietnam, coming up. >> but we begin with breaking news, just in dozens have reportedly died in a nightclub fire in southern brazil. gabriel is on the line with the smell. gabriel, i have a number of conflicting reports. i will turn it over to you. what do you know? >> the latest we have heard is that local officials in the town are still counting the bodies from this nightclub fire, but they are apparently telling local media that the death toll will be at least 90 people killed, from what looks like an absolutely tragic fire that occurred at 2:30 a.m. local time in this town of santa maria, in southern brazil, 200 kilometers from the state capital. we are told the night club was packed with hundreds, hundreds of people, mostly young people. it is a college town. there was some sort of fire and that hundreds could have been transported to area hospitals with interest -- with injuries. all of these stories are just learning to
Jan 24, 2013 7:00am PST
full-bright as a young returning vietnam hero in 1971 to the day the president announced your nomination as secretary of state. you may not be aware of it, but you will be the first member of this panel to ascend directly to the position since senator john sherman of ohio became president mckinley's secretary of state more than 100 years ago. so you're clearly making history once again. yours is a big chair to fill, and i will do my best today to live up to your example. i have watched your lead on the committee with an equally deep and abiding commitment to get to the heart of the matter. always probative, always open to debate, always ready to mitigate disagreements, always looking for the truth, for answers, uncovering the facts, hearing all of the evidence and then publicly spooeking truth to power based solely on what was in the best interest of the nation. as a senator, as a member of this committee, and as chairman, you have already built strong relationships with leaders around the world which will help you seamlessly into the role of secretary of state. you will need
Jan 26, 2013 1:35am EST
hacer jabón y para quemar espaldas de niñas indefensas en vietnam además de quemar miles y miles de aldeas y bosques. "empiezas con lo mismo", me recrimina le respondo que él no alquila jabones sino lanzallamas que no me vende duchas calientes sino la posibilidad de quemar un carro como en las guerras y responde que lo hace por curiosidad histórica. seguimos a algunos de sus clientes para ver cómo fríen algunos vehículos. tratamos de imaginarnos que al frente hay soldados enemigos o una choza vietnamita. el chorro de calor nos ilumina y deja nuestros rostros como si los hubiéramos metido en un microondas. le pregunto a david cómo es morir quemado y dice sonriendo que es rápido. al final exhausto y sudoroso, uno de los jóvenes imita al coronel kilgore de "apocalipsis now". me encanta el olor a napalm por la mañana. [riendo] es un excelente ejercicio. [hélices girando] pru-pru-pru (reportero) subimos al helicóptero que por otros 120 dólares te permite disparar como si estuvieras persiguiendo a los milicianos del viet cong hasta el aparato es un viejo lauch de la época. e
Dec 31, 2012 8:30pm EST
premodern history, thailand, and vietnam. >> host: why important to know that history? >> guest: the united states is very much engaged in that corner effort world that we have many allies there, partners we are working with, and many students at the nature academy who are going to be officers who are going to go to southeast asia representing our interests there so i think it's borpt for them to know southeast asian history, to be comfortable with the cultures, and have a knowledge of their history. >> host: well, professor, one of the long time allies is tie land, and you have a book call "in baddist company, thai soldiers in the vietnam war." what role did the thai military play in the vietnam war? >> guest: was a close ally to the united states in the vietnam war that people familiar with the circumstances of the war know that not only did thai thad troops to fight next to the united states and other forces, but thailand also served as a base for many of the aircraft that were flying, bombing missions over the trail, over laos, south vietnam, and we, at the time, built seven air
Jan 8, 2013 4:00am PST
hagel is nominee for secretary of defense. a former enlisted man and vietnam vet, the president says hagel can relate personallyto america's troops. >> to this day, chuck bears the scars and the shrapnel from battles he fought in our name. >> reporter: but winning confirmation won't be easy. some of hagel's former senate colleagues call him hostile toward israel and soft on iran. >> i'm waiting for an explanation. i want him to make the case as to why he should be the secretary of defense. >> reporter: confirmation hearings here on capitol hill are expected to be easier for another nominee, john brennan, the president's pick to head the cia. still, looking at his 25 years at the spy agency, some object to the brennan pick. >> if you tuned in here, obama -- >> reporter: a small group protested the brennan choice monday saying he's linked to techniques including water boarding during the bush administration. the white house disputes that. >> mr. brennan wrote a letter in which he made clear he opposed so-called enhanced interrogation techniques. >> reporter: he's also linked to the dro
Jan 31, 2013 6:30pm EST
man entered the arena. chuck hagel, the purple heart recipient from the vietnam war, the former senator, nominated to be secretary of defense. his former colleagues met him with a fuselage of critical questions today, and abc's chief washington correspondent jonathan karl takes us about the fiery day. >> reporter: he's a vietnam veteran and former republican senator, but today chick hagel found himself and his judgment under attack by a fellow republican and vietnam vet. >> were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be -- >> the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country -- >> since vietnam. were you correct or incorrect? >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer on a lot of things today. >> well, let the record show that you refused to answer that question. >> reporter: hagel eventually did answer, standing by his words on the iraq war, revealing something about the kind of defense secretary he hopes to be. >> i saw the consequences and the suffering and the horror of war. so -- i did question a surge. this going to be worth the sacr
Jan 18, 2013 3:00pm EST
about today 40 years later. journlist and historian nick ters on the real american war in vietnam. i've always kept my eye on her... but with so much health care noise, i didn't always watch out for myself. with unitedhealthcare, i get personalized information and rewards for addressing my health risks. but she's still going to give me a heart attack. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. >>> next week mark it is 40th anniversary of the end of the vietnam war, a conflict that continues to haunt the american psyche. with the appointments of vietnam vets that became senators, kerry and hagel, to top foreign policy posts, we can be sure that vietnam will continue to lurk in the foreign policy apparatus. you'd think we couldn't learn more of what happened in vietnam given the books and movies telling the tales but you would be wrong. one day, one graduate student researching post traumatic stress disorder searched through secret pentagon archives and interviewing vets and reading journals to uncover the story of american atrocities in vietnam. in a war where we killed more than 2 mill
Jan 2, 2013 12:45am EST
and world war ii to chosin reservoir and vietnam. to colin powell and the gulf war and the generals who commanded the iraq from 2003 on. the general argues the military is change over its years in the way it rewards good generalship and punishes bad. toms is a provocative argument and one that we will examine in detail and nice conversation. joining tom in this conversation is susan glasser one of the nations top national security journalist. susan is the editor-in-chief of foreign-policy magazine has done tremendous work in billing into a key locus of the nationals carry discussion. prior to joining foreign-policy susan was reported to "the washington post" and the capitol hill newspaper roll call and brings great experience and expertise to the conversation tonight. runtime and susan were poised for an intriguing conversation about leadership generalship command and relief, tom and susan. >> for so thank you so much for that kind introduction and thank you to c&s who is not only been a benefactor to tom but directly and indirectly foreign-policy as we embarked o
Jan 24, 2013 10:00pm PST
man to be the last man to die in vietnam? he had so much to say i believe it saved thousands of hives by getting the united states out of vietnam sooner. i'll show you more of what he had to say that day and what president obama nixon said about his testimony you have got to see this in tonight's rewrite. and cut! very good. people are always asking me how we make these geico adverts. so we're taking you behind the scenes. this coffee cup, for example, is computer animated. it's not real. geico's customer satisfaction is quite real though. this computer-animated coffee tastes dreadful. geico. 15 minutes could save you 15 % or more on car insurance. someone get me a latte will ya, please? wthe sadness, anxiety,e pleasthe loss of interest. the fatigue and aches and pains. depression hurts. cymbalta can help with many symptoms of depression. tell your doctor right away if your depression worsens, you have unusual changes in behavior or thoughts of suicide. antidepressants can increase these in children, teens, and young adults. cymbalta is not for children under 18. people taking m
Jan 24, 2013 7:00pm PST
moment when you ask the question, how do you ask a man to be the last man to die in vietnam? he had so much to say i believe it saved thousands of hives by getting the united states out of vietnam sooner. i'll show you more of what he had to say that day and what president obama nixon said about his testimony you have got to see this in tonight's wrewrite. using cloud computing and mobile technology, verizon innovators have developed a projective display for firefighters. allowing them to see through anything. because the world's biggest challenges deserve even bigger solutions. powerful answers. verizon. how did i know? well, i didn't really. see, i figured low testosterone would decrease my sex drive... but when i started losing energy and became moody... that's when i had an honest conversation with my doctor. we discussed all the symptoms... then he gave me some blood tests. showed it was low t. that's it. it was a number -- not just me. [ male announcer ] today, men with low t have androgel 1.62% (testosterone gel). the #1 prescribed topical testosterone replacement therapy, incre
Jan 31, 2013 12:00pm PST
in vietnam alongside his brother. but that doesn't mean hagel's record comes without dirty laundry that was aired at today's hearing. >> when i voted against some of those unilateral sanctions on iran, it was a different time. we were at a different place with iran. >> what do you think that the iranian foreign ministry so strongly supported your nomination to be the secretary of defense? >> i have a difficult enough time with american politics, senator. i have no idea. but thank you. i'm on the record many times designating and saying that hezbollah and hamas are terrorist organizations. saying iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. i have always said i'm a supporter of israel. and some cases, i have said i'm a strong supporter of israel. i have never voted in -- against israel ever in the 12 years i was in the senate. >> committee deserves your judgment as to whether you were right or wrong about the surge. >> i'll explain why i made those comments. >> i want to know if you were right or wrong. that's a direct question. i expect a direct answer. >> the surge assisted in the object
Jan 5, 2013 10:00pm EST
began to get more involved with the peace movement, the anti-vietnam war movement? >> guest: i think that was somewhat coincidental. >> host: okay. >> guest: howard was, in fact, fired from spelman in 1963, and the anti-war movement had not yet really begun. it started to begin the very next year. and howard shifted his base of operation and his family up north when he was offered a job at boston university. but he continued to fly back to the south. he took part, for example, in freedom summer in 1964 and flew back any number of times in order to attend some of these strategy sessions. but it is true that once the movement began against the war in vietnam that howard also felt very strongly about that. and his energies began to divide. you know, he never forgot about the black struggle or ceased to have full sympathy with it. but the demands on his time tended to be more and more in regard to the war in vietnam. >> host: now, maybe before we talk a little wit more about what he -- little bit more about what he did in opposition to the war we can talk about what he did to get fired f
Jan 10, 2013 5:00pm PST
unwelcome features of asia's booming cities. those are acute in vietnam. solutions include a railw company that wants to use lessons learned in japan to help vietnam build cities of the future. >> reporter: in vietnam it's booming. people pour into the city looking for work. not everyone is moving forward. the traffic getting worse every year and dangerous too with more and more accidents. poor road infrastructure isn't the only problem. land prices have spiked. a unit was set up next to vietnam's largest city. he's trying to sell a business model that help japan during its period of economic growth. >> translator: industry in the area is already booming. we hope to contribute to developing not only industry but housing and services too. >> reporter: they will develop other areas along cities like tokyo. without a master plan cities concentrate in commercial areas. the farther the suburb, the more inconvenient it is to get to the city center. downtown traffic only gets worse. japan's private railway companies use a different model. first they build railways into the suburbs then la
Jan 31, 2013 8:00am PST
foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam it's carried out, i will resist it. and then, of course, you continued on and on for months afterwards talking about what a disaster the surge would be, even to the point where it was clear the surge was succeeding. in march 2008, you said, quote, here the term quagmire could apply. if that's not a quagmire, then what is? even as late as august 29, 2011, in an interview, 2011, in an interview with the financial times, you said i disagreed with president obama, his decision to surge in iraq as i did with president bush on the surge in iraq. do you stand by that -- those comments, senator hagel? >> well, senator, i stand by them because i made them. >> were you right? were you correct in your assessment? >> well, i would defer to the judgment of history to sort that out -- >> the committee deserves your judgment as to whether you were right or wrong about the surge? >> i'll explain why i made those comments. >> i want to know if you were right or wrong. that's a direct question, i expect a direct answer. >> the surge assisted in t
Jan 31, 2013 9:00am EST
for error. senators are likely to quiz the plainspoken vietnam veteran on his positions on iran, iraq, israel, afghanistan, gay rights, and the u.s. nuclear posture. and that's just to start. hagel's confirmation battle is the first to be fought in the post-citizens united era of super pacs. why do we bring that up? well, for the last month, hagel's been hammered on-air by groups like americans for a strong defense, led by a handful of former romney advisers, and the american future fund to the emergency committee for israel, billionaire sheldon adelson is so invested in seeing his nomination voted down, that he has reached out directly to republican senators to try to get them to vote against hagel. the issues of concern to these folks are israel and iran. hagel once described pro-israel groups as a jewish lobby and voiced opposition to unilateral sanctions on iran. now, hagel has spent time on capitol hill explaining his views, and they have been good enough for new york senator chuck schumer, who after wavering, now supports his nomination. but they haven't been good enough for a n
Jan 31, 2013 9:30am EST
veteran of the vietnam war to serve as secretary of defense. you cannot read and senator of his military service and not be impressed by it. as senator hagel explained a few years ago, but " probably most fundamental for me, when we talk about going to war, we need to think it through carefully, not just for the political and diplomatic and economic consequences, and those are important, but at least for me, this old infantry sergeant thinks about when i was in vietnam in 1968. someone needs to represent that perspective in our government as well. the people in washington make the policy, but it is the little guys to come back in the body bags." senator hagel's background provides an invaluable perspective, not only with respect to the difficult decisions and recommendations that the secretary of defense must make regarding the use of force and the commitment of u.s. troops overseas, but also with respect to the day to day decisions that the secretary must make to ensure that our men and women in uniform and their families received the support and assistance they need and deserv
Jan 1, 2013 6:45am EST
was back in the marines. >> in the later years, and the stories of vietnam, iraq, afghanistan to a lesser extent, i think that's really where this question of politics enters civilian oversight versus what you can lay at the doorstep of the military really comes into play. you recount tales of generals were much less than those you just talked about in the later wars. where do you feel the balance lies between the accountability that should of been there but was missing for the generals in vietnam, are in iraq in its early days, versus the problem of political leaders setting impossible goals or murky goals, and then ultimately firing, you know, only the guys at the very top because things didn't work out politically? >> what, as it has the military loses in korea, because the pentagon says to ridgway, you're going to embarrass us and congress will start asking massive questions, so ridgway wanted to firefight of his division commanders in korea. they basically told and you can do it but do it on the down low. >> pretend its rotation. >> and they basically say, joe collins, the chi
Jan 6, 2013 11:00am EST
war period in the truman doctrine, 47-49. we had a american advisers early vietnam were already over increase. that's jumping ahead of the british goal is truly -- but back to metaframe, go on to the oil regions. beyond that, it is crucial to churchill. then beyond that he gets singapore back. he gets the far east. it is the richest resource in the world. not us. so that becomes -- it's not a subplot. it is a key plot. >> three parts cold war ended beginning. most americans have no idea and they have no idea what role the british were playing. but relative -- roosevelt did and roosevelt was very, very critical of the british empire as was the vice president from 41-45, henry wallace. he wanted to dismantle the british empire, dismantle the french embark, the portuguese, the dutch. they were very anti-global. truman as we know, encourage them and give them aid in support. [talking over each other] >> and gets us involved in vietnam. a lot of the turmoil we will later face. the other question you are raising is a fair and important one. we don't know if, if it would've been a clash bet
Jan 16, 2013 6:00am PST
algeria and mally have tied with algeria. >>> shinzo abe has made his first trip overseas to vietnam. he flew to hanoi on the first leg of his southeast nation tour. high on the summit agenda is the region's coordinated response to maritime activities. vietnam was chose as the first destination and abe's efforts were praised during his previous term to build an alliance. abe noted the strategic environment had changed a lot in the six years since he was last in office. he called china's increased maritime activities a shared concern. he said all nations involved must abide by international law. prime minister says he understands japan's stance and gives his country's backing. vietnam and some of his neighbors have territorial disputes with china over islands in the south china sea. after the meeting, the two leaders held a joint news conference them said they will work together on various challenges facing southeast asia. >> translator: we have agreed the two countries will jointly tackle issues that concern east asia. we'll also cooperate in the fields of political peace and stabili
Jan 28, 2013 9:30pm PST
vietnam war showed signs of ptsd after returning. almost 16 months of my life was spent in a jungle. i'd seen a base camp only two months, and that was a week here and a week there. the rest was living with bugs. now bugs bother me. loud noises--like my daughter screams, and that's it. i'm back, right back there again, because when you're into a flashback, you really don't have any feelings except the thoughts in your mind. it's like a videocassette in your head, and yohave no "off" button until your mind says "off." your heart starts pumping. your blood starts running. it's just like if you're walking across the street and you don't see a car coming, and he slams on the brakes and you get that "shoo" feeling. then--zip--from there you're off and running. it always comes back, like sound, smell, taste even. uh, it always brings back a little flash. it only lasts about a second to five seconds. sometimes it lasts longer when a helicopter goes by. i figure myself sitting at the gunner turret on a helicopter and letting loose, and what my feelings were then was a complete fear. uh, mostly t
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Jan 7, 2013 3:00pm PST
official whether he could get himself for it. >> bret: chuck hagel a veteran of the vietnam war where he was wounded. he incurred political bruises when he opposed president bush's surge in iraq. a look at the hagel record and what it could mean for his confirmation process. >> first enlisted soldier, he broke ranks with fellow republicans when president bush announced his intention to send david petraeus and nearly 30,000 troops to iraq. >> this speech given last night but this president represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam. >> president obama agreed with senator hagel in 2007. >> this continues to be a disastrous foreign policy mistake. we are now confronted with the question, how do we clean up the mess and make the best out of a situation in which there are no good options. >> are we going to continue to invest in american blood and treasure at the same rate we are doing now? >> the troops largely allowed the u.s. military to turn the war around and end the war in iraq for good in december of 2011. today the president said that his views
Jan 31, 2013 11:00am EST
foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam, if it's carried out, i will resist it. and then, of course, you continued on and on for months afterwards talking about what a disaster the surge would be. even to the point where it was clear, the surge was succeeding. and in march 2008, you said, quote, here the term "quagmire" could apply. if that's not a quagmire, what is. even as late of august 29th, 2011, 2011, in an interview with the financial times, you said, i disagreed with the president obama, his decision to surge in iraq. as i did with president bush on the surge in iraq. do you stand by that -- those -- those comments, senator hagel? >> well, senator, i stand by them, as i made them. >> you stand by -- were you right? were you correct in your assessment? >> well, i would defer to the judgment of history to sort that out. >> but the committee deserves your judgment as to whether you were right or wrong about the surge. >> i'll explain why i made those comments. >> i want to know if you're right or wrong. that's a direct question, i expect a direct answer. >> the surge
Jan 20, 2013 1:25pm EST
cronkite, a book was written about crop cite, and talked about cronkite's reports from vietnam during the evening broadcasts. did cronkite and rooney and the rest -- did world war ii shape their journalistic career? >> guest: sure did. the reason cronkite was able to go to vietnam with some deference and credibility is he had experienced world war ii and then later korea from the front lines. so when he -- after the tet offensive in january of 1968, when cronkite went to vietnam and concluded the war was not winnable, the war object advertise had gotten so murky it was hard to remember exactly why men were fighting and dying in vietnam. i think that gave him real resonance in the country, and he knew he had a bully pulpit, and he used it sparingly in his career. but one of the times he used it was vietnam. >> host: did you get a chance to speak to any of the journalists' family or andy rooney? >> guest: maroonie passed away a year ago this time. thanksgiving time of last year. he could not have been more generous with his time. sat down with me for two three-hour long interviews. his
Jan 31, 2013 12:00pm EST
assistant secretary of defense under ronald regan and one of the most decorated veterans of vietnam. united states senator. celebrated author. lawyer. and i thought he made a pretty strong, persuasive case. so did many of us. >> let's turn to cybersecurity. i was pleased that you mentioned cyber security in your initial remarks. they have moved expand its cyber security efforts. i have to talk about colorado. the air force academy is well positioned to train those. would you talk a little more on your take on cyber security and what sort of resources we need. >> i've been to those facilities in colorado a few times and don't know as much about them as you do, but i am familiar with them. they are essential to our national security. cyber, i believe represents as big a threat to the security of this country as any one specific threat. for all the reasons this committee understands. it's an insidious quiet, kind of a threat that we have never quite seen before. it can paralyze a nation in a second. not just a power grid or banking system. but it can knock out satellites. it can take d
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hagel's service in vietnam i'm concerned by several boxes he took as senator, longstanding opposition to increase iran sanctions and his regarding hezbollah and hamas as well as our close al eye israel. senator hagel has one big fan, he has a lot of fans. this one is raising eyebrows the rogue nation of iran. a foreign ministry spokesman calls the nomination, a sign of quote, practical change to american foreign policy. he predicts that if hague bell is appointed relations between the united states and iran will improve. israel is striking a different tone. they say they're quote worried about the nomination. a lot more coming up. bill: certainly do. meantime fox news alert now. developments into the investigation into the attack on the consulate in libya. we're learning a suspect in custody, the only suspect has been released by authorities due to a lack of evidence. greg palkot watches that. he is live in london. who is this man, greg? >> reporter: bill, he is a tunisian man. he goes by the name of al-harzi. he was originally arrested in turkey in october. he had been in
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to vietnam, i opted for the peace corps. having said that, there are a lot of people who have a conception. the bulk of the people in the public domain do not feel that africacom is --they are saying that the real googgoal is not necessarily security. we see the drone allah see in africa -- we see the donor policy in africa. -- drone policy in africa. one question is -- how do you measure success? how do you say you have succeeded in your mission? informed bothom in the united states and in africa? how do you engage? in efforts to promote security in africa? >> great question. i will say that maybe i'm usual for a guy in a uniform, but i'm a huge supporter of the peace corps. they are still looking for volunteers. if you want to come back, there are lots who are coming back. there are a lot of peace corps volunteers who serve as a young people. they did their service and went on and had successful careers and doing whatever it is that we were doing and they are now coming back for a second tour that is greatly appreciated. especially by the ambassadors. having a seasoned and exp
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vietnam. as a young private and then a sergeant, he served with honor alongside his own brother. when chuck was hit by shrapnel, his brother saved him. when his brother was injured by a mine, chuck risked his life to pull him to safety. >> and there is much more. hagel is a decorated combat veteran and would be the first enlisted man to serve as secretary of defense, as well as the first vietnam veteran to take the post. hagel served on the senate foreign relations committee, and also on the intelligence committee in the senate. he led the veterans administration. he headed the uso. he studied under the gi bill, and then helped pass it after 9/11. and he is a successful businessman who knows the bottom line. now listen to what republican senator lindsey graham had to say about his former lunch partner. >> chuck hagel, if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. he has long severed his ties with the republican party. this is an in-your-face nomination by the president to all of us who ar
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